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Na Solláin
Sallins marina
Sallins marina
Sallins is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°14′57″N 6°39′54″W / 53.24923°N 6.66503°W / 53.24923; -6.66503Coordinates: 53°14′57″N 6°39′54″W / 53.24923°N 6.66503°W / 53.24923; -6.66503
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Kildare
Elevation 96 m (315 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Urban 3,806
Irish Grid Reference N888230

Sallins (Irish: Na Solláin) is a suburban town in County Kildare, Ireland, situated 3.5 km north of the town centre of Naas, from which it is separated by the M7 motorway. Sallins is the anglicised name of Na Solláin which means "The Willows".

According to the official CSO Census of 2006,[6] the electoral division of Sallins has a total population of 3,806. The village has expanded rapidly in recent years and since the 2002 census, the population has grown by 30.3pc. It is the 10th largest settlement in Kildare and the 91st largest in Ireland. Sallins grew as a result of its position on both the Grand Canal and the Dublin to Cork railway line. Historically, the major employers in the village were Odlum's Flour Mills and a meat factory, although the latter is now closed.

Theobald Wolfe Tone is buried near Sallins village in Bodenstown graveyard. Each summer, Irish Republicans of various political and paramilitary groupings congregate at Sallins to hold commemorations at Tone's grave.


The village's railway station serves both Sallins itself and neighbouring Naas, as reflected in its official name of "Sallins and Naas". Originally named just "Sallins", it opened on 4 August 1846[7] and was the junction for the Tullow branch, which included the original Naas station. It closed in 1963, and was renamed Sallins & Naas upon re-opening in 1994.[8] as part of the Kildare "Arrow" commuter rail project.

The station was also the location for Ireland's largest train robbery - the so-called "Sallins Train Robbery" - which occurred on March 31, 1976. Several hundred thousand pounds where stolen from a Córas Iompair Éireann train. Several people were tried for the robbery and jailed and the case eventually became a significant miscarriage of justice

Sport and Amenities[edit]

Sallins GAA has its grounds in the centre of the village which include a championship sized pitch, a modern club house and dressing rooms. The GAA club has been in existence since 1885.

The canal near the village is popular for fishing and boating. There are many canal barges moored in Sallins, some of them serving as permanent residences. The Leinster Aqueduct is situated nearby. It is located mid-way along the canal between Sallins and Caragh. This is the point where the Grand Canal crosses the River Liffey. Each year since 2004 during August, the Sallins Community Festival is held which includes some local activities, the most notable being a beauty contest called Queen of the Waterways.

Sallins has one primary education level school, Sallins National School.

2009 Floods[edit]

On the night of 28 November 2009, there was exceptional flooding in the Waterways estate in Sallins village. Approximately 100 houses at the rear of the estate were flooded by 4 feet of water and 300 people had to be evacuated, some families required emergency services to bring them to safety in boats. The flooding was believed to be the result of blocked drainage culverts in lands adjacent to the estate. The land on which the Waterways estate was built is not thought to be a flood plain or a swamp. Heavy rain in the weeks leading up to the flooding on 28 November 2009 meant that the blocked culverts underneath the Dublin-Cork train line and the Kerdiffstown Road caused the canal feeder to overflow and flood the adjacent Waterways estate. The canal feeder collects surface water from North Naas and the M7 motorway and delivers it to the Grand Canal in Sallins. When locals of Sallins cleared the blocked culverts, all the water cleared from the estate.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Census for post 1821 figures.
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  4. ^ Lee, JJ (1981). "On the accuracy of the Pre-famine Irish censuses". In Goldstrom, J. M.; Clarkson, L. A. Irish Population, Economy, and Society: Essays in Honour of the Late K. H. Connell. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press. 
  5. ^ Mokyr, Joel; O Grada, Cormac (November 1984). "New Developments in Irish Population History, 1700-1850". The Economic History Review 37 (4): 473–488. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0289.1984.tb00344.x. 
  6. ^ Census 2006 - Table 14A - Towns 10,000 population and over
  7. ^ "Sallins station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-05. 
  8. ^ Railways of Ireland, Bob Ayres

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